TV Review: The Messengers 1.1 “The Awakening”
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The Messengers
Season 1 Episode 1: “The Awakening”
Directed by Stephen Williams
Written by Eoghan O’Donnell
Starring Shantel VanSanten, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Joel Courtney, JD Pardo, Jon Fletcher, Diogo Morgado, Anna Diop
The CW
Air Date: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 9:00pm

It’s time to try a new show! The Messengers premiered Friday night on The CW. It’s got 3 pros and 1 con as far as I can see.

Pro – It’s on The CW, a network that hones supernatural dramas, with lots of action and emotion.
Pro – Pretty actors/actresses with familiar but not too familiar faces.
Pro – It’s about angels who have to stop the coming Apocalypse. Hello? I have to try it.

Con – Airs Friday nights, a slow tv night. Hell, it’s a slow night for us too.

A weird “meteorite” crashes to earth sending a wave that affects five random strangers, causing them to die and then come back to life with wings. Vera (Shantel VanSanten) is in scientist heaven, until a mysterious man (Diogo Morgado) shows her a recent video of her son and says she can’t have him back until she does something for him. Erin (Sofia Black-D’Elia), heals her injured daughter with her tears and then goes on the run. Raul (JD Pardo), escaping his undercover assignment, takes Erin and her daughter hostage. Peter (Joel Courtney), turns the tables on his bullies, Joshua (Jon Fletcher), preaches of an uplifting God to a televised audience, until he dies and then lives, and tells the truth about the horror ahead.

The episode kept me interested the entire time. It definitely was exciting what with everybody dying and living. As with all pilots, we have to see how these characters develop and connect. I have two questions for now:

– What does the coma nurse, shot seven years ago, have to do with all this?

– How cool is it that Diogo Morgado played Jesus in Son of God, and is now playing the devil (I think)?

The CW Press Release:


Premieres Friday, April 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET)

“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.” (Revelation 9:1)

In the white-hot sun of the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Buckley watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes in a blinding flash, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops Vera’s heart and panics her techie coworker, Alan Harris.

Vera is not the only one affected by the blast; she is instantly and mysteriously connected to four other strangers, who also collapse only to miraculously come back to life: Erin Calder, a young mother desperate to protect her 7-year-old daughter from an abusive ex-husband; Peter Moore, a troubled high school student who finally lashes out to end the constant bullying he can no longer endure; Raul Garcia, a federal agent looking to escape his undercover assignment in a violent Mexican drug cartel; and Joshua Silburn, Jr., a charismatic second-generation televangelist following in his father’s footsteps – all awaken after the blast with extraordinary gifts, from inexplicable strength to the ability to heal others.

Most mysterious of all is the figure known only as The Man, who offers Vera the one thing she wants most in life – to be reunited with her kidnapped son – if she will help him with one morally complicated task. That task puts Vera on a collision course with nurse Rose Arvale who, after a seemingly random act of violence left her in a coma for seven years, suddenly begins to stir. As Joshua Jr. prophesied, the wheels of Revelation have begun to turn, and these five newly christened Angels of the Apocalypse may be the only hope for preventing the impending Rapture.

The series stars Shantel VanSanten (“Gang Related,” “One Tree Hill”) as Vera Buckley, Jon Fletcher (“City of Dreams”) as Joshua Silburn, Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia (“Betrayal,” “Gossip Girl”) as Erin Calder, JD Pardo (“Revolution”) as Raul Garcia, Joel Courtney (“Super 8″) as Peter Moore, Anna Diop (“Everybody Hates Chris”) as Rose Arvale, Craig Frank (“Mixology”) as Alan Harris, and Diogo Morgado (“Son of God,” “Sol de Inverno”) as The Man.

THE MESSENGERS is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Entertainment, in association with Thunder Road Pictures with executive producers Trey Callaway (“Revolution,” “CSI: NY”), Basil Iwanyk (“The Town,” “The Expendables” film franchise, “Clash of the Titans” film franchise) and co-executive producers Eoghan O’Donnell (“Teen Wolf”), Kent Kubena (the upcoming “Gods of Egypt,” “Turistas”) and Ava Jamshidi.

The Messengers – Awakening Clip 1

Vera’s beliefs will be tested. The Messengers will rise Friday, April 17!

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